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Many of us think that gender equality has been accomplished. In one of these global, why stay at the dualism among the sexes? Why separate, and for that reason marginalize, women's scholarship from scholarship as an entire? briefly, why feminist philosophy? learning Feminist Philosophy presents an obtainable creation to the crucial matters in feminist philosophy. while, it solutions present objections to feminism, arguing that during today's global it's as compelling as ever to probe the influence of the dualism of the sexes. hence, feminist views make an important contribution to the current and way forward for philosophy. writer Robin may well Schott additionally contributes an unique standpoint on feminist ethics, in response to her paintings on battle and rape. This special ebook is equivalent components survey, standpoint, and scholarship--ideal for somebody trying to comprehend the present and destiny function of feminist philosophy.

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Martha Nussbaum, Women and Human Deuelopment: The Capabilities Approach (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ZOOO), 5, 74, 78. 19. Seyla Benhabib, Situating the Self: Gender, Community, and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics (New York: Routledge, 1992), 2-3. 20. In the next chapter, I will discuss the ways in which philosophers have associated the concepts woman, irrationality, body, and sexuality. 21. Judith Butler, Bodies that Matter, 9. 22. Butler, Bodies, 10. 23. Butler, Bodies, 1. 24.

Again, the male is by nature superior, and the female inferior, and the one rules and the other is ruled” (Politics 1254b5-15). Commentators who disagree on the value of Aristotle’s philosophy for contemporary feminist debates agree that he is sexist. “ T h e question becomes the following: do Aristotle’s sexist comments give rise to a gendered interpretation of his metaphysical views? A gendered interpretation implies that Aristotle’s metaphysical concepts are connected either explicitly or implicitly with his views on gender and sexual difference.

For the project of philosophy and that of feminist thinking has a fundamental structure in common, an art of fighting fire with fire and looks with looks, of objectifying and analyzing surrounding thought, of regarding beliefs as objects that must be scrutinized, when the supposedly normal attitude is to submit to what social life erects as doctrine. 5 And yet, though the most lively philosophical attitude is in harmony with feminism, uniting feminist and philosophical identities in one person still produces a kind of contradiction.

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